Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets
Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional football team, which competes in the American Football Conference (AFC) North division of the National Football League (NFL). Founded in 1933, the Steelers are the oldest football franchise in the AFC. The Steelers play their home games at Heinz Field and the team is owned by the Rooney family. The head coach for Steelers is Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert is the team’s general manager.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have the distinction of winning the most Super Bowl titles. Always playing to a packed stadium, the Pittsburgh Steelers tickets are usually hard to come by.
The team was originally founded as the Pittsburgh Pirates. They played their first game on September 20, 1933, losing to the New York Giants. Their subsequent seasons were not noticeable either. The team however changed its name to the Pittsburgh Steelers before the beginning of the 1940 season.
During World War II, the Steelers were short of players and therefore they merged first with the Philadelphia Eagles; the new team was named Phil-Pitt Eagles. This team was popularly known as the Steagles. Their second merger was with the Chicago Cardinals which was called the Card-Pitt. Their rivals called them the “Carpets”. The seasons they played as a merger team were also unnoticeable.
First Playoff Game and Three Rivers Stadium
The Steelers made the playoffs for the first time in 1947. They however lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Steelers would not make the playoffs again for another 25 years.
In 1970, the team moved to Three Rivers Stadium, their home for the next 31 seasons. It was also the year when the rival professional football league, the American Football League (AFL) and NFL also merged. With this merger, the Steelers switched to the newly formed AFC. As a result of this relocation, the team received a $3 million relocation fee, a sum they had been looking for to build a strong contending football team.
The Beginning of Good Times: The Arrival of Chuck Noll & the Beginning of a Dynasty
The team, since its establishment in 1933, had been playing mediocre football; all of that began to change in 1969 when Chuck Noll was hired as the head coach. Noll had an eye for spotting talent and was exceptional when it came to draft picks. The team’s 1974 draft is still remembered for picking four future football legends: Mike Webster, John Stallworth, Jack Lambert and Lynn Swann.
The players drafted under Noll would go on to make the Steelers franchise a football dynasty, which lasts to this day. In addition to Swann, Lambert, Stallworth and Webster, other football greats that were brought on were Franco Harris, Jack Ham, Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw and “Mean” Joe Greene. These players would take the Steelers into eight playoffs, winning four Super Bowls in six years – an NFL record, which remains unbeaten to this day.
From 1971-79, the Pittsburgh Steelers won 49 consecutive games in their regular seasons. However, their winning streak came to a halt in 1980 when they missed the playoffs. This was largely due to injuries sustained by Steelers’ star players. The next season (1981) was worse; they finished at 8-8. During 1981 to 1984, majority of Steelers’ star players had retired. The Steelers would not make the playoffs till 1989 and their next two seasons saw them out of the playoffs again.
Bill Cowher Fills in for Chuck Noll
Chuck Noll retired in 1992 and Bill Cowher, a native of Pittsburgh, was hired as his replacement. Cowher would coach the team till 2006 and the Steelers would once again win another Super Bowl under him.
Cowher made an immediate impact; the Steelers made the playoffs in the first 6 seasons played under him. Cowher had been Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive coordinator and he turned the Steelers into a formidable defensive block. The team made it into Super Bowl XXX purely on the strength of “Blitzburgh” defense.
10 years later, the Steelers once again under Cowher would be in another championship game, Super Bowl XL. They defeated the Seattle Seahawks and lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the fifth time.
The Mike Tomlin Era
The current head coach, Mike Tomlin took over the reins from Cowher in 2007. Tomlin was previously with the Minnesota Vikings as defensive coordinator. Under his leadership, the Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl in 2008. In Super Bowl XLIII they defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23. Since then, the Steelers have made the playoffs 5 times, their last appearance being in 2016 when they lost to the New England Patriots in the Conference Championship game.
An interesting bit of trivia on Tomlin is that he is the first African American Steelers coach and only the second African American coach to have won a Super Bowl (Tony Dungy being the first).
Steelers Off The Field
The Steelers are impressive off the field as well. The Rooney family is a big proponent of women and minorities rights. The Steelers are the first to hire a full-time female athletic trainer. They were also the first in hiring an African American assistant coach. Joe Gilliam was the first African American quarterback to have played in the NFL and he was the starting quarterback for the Steelers. The Steelers also produced the first African American Super Bowl MVP, Franco Harris. Tony Dungy was the first African American coordinator in the NFL and he was first hired by the Steelers.
The Steelers have a huge fan base, spread all over the country. They are collectively called Steeler Nation and due to this the team has been able to sell out every home game since 1972. In 2008, they were also dubbed the best in the NFL by ESPN. The reason why the Steelers, unlike other football teams with localized fan base, have a nation-wide appeal is because of the collapse of Pittsburgh’s steel industry. With economic recession, the residents of the city went elsewhere in search of jobs. This Diaspora has helped make the Pittsburgh Steelers one of the most popular football franchises in the NFL. If you are looking for Pittsburgh Steelers tickets, they are available here.